The best fake tans for when it's too hot to sunbathe

Crank up the air con and grab your tanning mitt
The best fake tans for when it's too hot to sunbathe

A golden glowing tan should come easy to one dwelling in a desert, right? Not when it’s hotter than the sun (and humid to boot!) outside your balcony doors. When summer strikes and the air con is on full blast, it’s time to accept defeat and head on indoors with a trusty bottle of fake tan. We’ve been busy road-testing a host of different formulas and brands, and a few streaky legs later have got the definitive hit-list of products that will give a fuss-free, natural colour. You’re welcome!

Sisley Paris Self-Tanning Hydrating Body Skin Care

If you want a just-back from holiday (or Duabi winter) glow, turn to this lotion for the most natural expensive-looking summer tan. No mitt is necessary, just remember to blend well and wash your hands afterwards.

Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Water 

Instagram has gone crazy for this vegan-friendly tanning water created by tanning guru Jules Von Hep. And rightly so, its spray applicator provides even coverage and the clear formula prevents the dreaded stained sheets.

St. Tropez Express Bronzing Mousse

If sleeping in tan disrupts your kip, this mousse is the solution. You only need to keep it on for 1-3 hours before rinsing off, and a reliable golden glow will develop over the next 6 hours. A team favourite.

Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish 

This one is great to have on hand for last-minute events that call for a leg-baring cocktail dress. It provides an instant wash of bronze with a blurring effect – think of it like a foundation for your legs. It’s transfer-resistant so step out in confidence.

Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

Scared of putting fake tan anywhere near your face? Us too! So instead we mix 2-3 drops of this gradual tanning concentrate into our night cream and wake up to a super natural glow. Use every other night to build up the colour.

Photos: Jason Lloyd-Evans and supplied